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US promises to look into request for Aafia’s release

ISLAMABAD: The United States has promised to look into request of the incumbent government about Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist jailed in the US. "The Government of Pakistan has been raising the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with US authorities regularly," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. The ministry said Pakistan's consular general in Houston paid the consular visits to Dr Siddiqui, periodically, to inquire about her wellbeing and conveyed her messages to Dr Aafia's family, if any. The…

Tesla’s Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fix

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has sought to play down a report identifying “big flaws” in its Model 3 sedan, admitting there is a braking issue with the vehicle but saying it will be fixed with a software update within days. Responding to a review by influential US magazine Consumer Reports which stopped short of recommending the car, Musk said in a round of tweets late on Monday that the magazine’s tests - which used two separately-sourced vehicles - had been of older versions of the car that had already been…

UK’s new interior minister promises immigration reforms

LONDON: Britain's new interior minister pledged Monday to create a "fair and humane immigration" system hours after being appointed as he tried to move beyond a scandal over moves to deport elderly legal immigrants that has rocked the government. British Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier appointed Sajid Javid to replace Amber Rudd, who quit the key ministerial post of home secretary late Sunday after misleading lawmakers over deportation targets for illegal immigrants. A rapid riser in the government, Javid's…

Zardari promises to improve ‘extension of superior courts’ limits to FATA bill’ after elections

ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will stand by the people of tribal areas in their struggle for extending jurisdiction of superior courts to tribal areas, merging them with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and allocating their share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. "All pointers whether economic, linguistic, cultural, geographic contiguity made it natural for the tribal areas to be merged in the province," he said talking to a delegation of the Tribal Youth Jirga…

Facebook promises personalized music in first label deal

Facebook announced a licensing deal Thursday with Universal Music Group, its first with a major label, as the social media giant promised more personalized, interactive music features for its two billion users. The move marks a new foray into music by Facebook, which despite its global conquest has been low-key in developing music functions compared with fellow tech titans Apple, Google and Amazon. Universal — home to some of the biggest names in music from The Beatles to Elton John and Lady Gaga — billed the agreement…

Sarfraz promises no letups after SA win

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed Thursday promised no let-ups in the final match against Sri Lanka after upsetting the world number one South Africa to keep their hopes alive in the Champions trophy. A boosted up Pakistan team reached Cardiff on Thursday afternoon, with replacement bowler Rumman Raees also joining the team in time for Monday's game. How a win changes a team was evident from the bunch of players who, after a 124-run thrashing from India in the first game, lifted their game as required. Read…

Pakistan promises bounce back in must-win game

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed put up a brave face ahead of their must-win clash against South Africa here on Wednesday, saying the team has moved on and will do its best to do well and open their Champions trophy account. Pakistan's crushing 124-run loss to title-holders India in their tournament opener at this same venue was criticised for the lop-sided manner in which they played. That left them to need a huge lift against world number one South Africa who are even more better in their overall play than…

‘The Walking Dead’ promises another 100 episodes

Ratings juggernaut "The Walking Dead" revealed on Friday fans can expect to see its increasingly rancid zombies shambling across their screens for years to come. The AMC show, the most successful basic cable TV series in history, tells the story of sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who leads his son Carl and an ever-growing band of survivors in a zombie apocalypse. Showrunner Scott Gimple reminded fans on the opening night of Hollywood's annual PaleyFest television festival that October's season eight opener would be the…